How to Clear a Clogged Shower Head With Vinegar

I had company recently who kindly pointed out that my water pressure was low, and sure enough when I turned on the shower, the water just came out in a trickle. But the pressure in the tub was just fine, which led me to one embarrassing conclusion…

The shower head was clogged.

I have used CLR in the past to clean clogged shower heads, but I had also heard the vinegar was just as effective, and since some of those chemicals pour on you after a shower head has been soaked in chemicals, I thought I’d give it a try.

Here’s what I did.

Clearing a Clogged Shower Head with Vinegar


  • White Vinegar- at least 1.5 cups of (you may need more if you have a really big shower head)
  • Freezer bag- (you know the ones that are nice and thick)
  • 2 or 3 thick rubber bands


First pour water into the bag and check for any leaks. If there aren’t any, then use the water to water your plants and pour the white vinegar into the bag. Then carefully lift the bag by the edges up around the shower head until it’s submerge fully in the vinegar, and then use the rubber bands to secure it so it won’t fall. Leave the bag on overnight (at least 8 hours) and in the morning, puse a toothbrush or a toothpick to loosed an mineral deposits left and voila! A drastically clearer shower head, with water that flows freely. The great thing about this method is that you don’t have to dismantle the whole shower head to fix it.

Note: For heavier clogs, use a wrench to remove the shower head and then submerge the whole shower head in a bucket of about a half-gallon of vinegar overnight.

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6 thoughts on “How to Clear a Clogged Shower Head With Vinegar

  1. Scottie

    Talk about timely! I need to clean my showerhead and was planning to buy some CLR. This sounds much healthier for the environment and for my skin!

  2. Savvy

    @Scottie OMG! Do NOT use CLR, that stuff is so bad for you! But if your shower head hasn’t been cleaned in awhile, and is really gunky, you might need to remove it and set it in a bucket of vinegar overnight. Some folks add a little baking soda to it too, but I haven’t tried that yet. HTH!

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  4. Savvy

    @vanessa Hmmm. I don’t know about the lemon juice, because I think it might make the metal parts rust. Kind of like what happens, when you use a stainless stell knife to cut a lemon and don’t wash it properly. Baking soda, definitely, just don’t put too much in your bucket, or it’ll all overflow when it bubbles up. Thanks for commeting!

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